Happy ’89er Day!

April 22, 1889: the first major land run in Oklahoma brought tent cities and new homesteads by the time the sun set. At 12 noon, a shot rang out in the sky, unleashing a fury of horses, wagons, pack mules and people scurrying to a new destiny.

If you grew up in Oklahoma, you might remember celebrating ’89er day by dressing up in cowboy duds (or prairie dresses for the ladies) and tricking out you Radio Flyer covered wagon. You ate lunch as a class sitting on blankets in the sun on land you “staked claim” and the all-day recess was full of playing broomball and toss-the-cow-patty.

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